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Posted By: Lizzie Cornish 1
22-Oct-10 - 04:29 PM
Thread Name: BS: Plantar Fasciitis (Ouch!)
Subject: BS: Plantar Fasciitis - It's stopped hurting!
Well, I got PF first around 18 months back, but it disappeared pretty fast, thank heavens. Recently however, it came back and this time FAR more painfully. I've had it for around 5 months this time..and acupuncture helped a great deal to start with, but it soon wore off and ended up not working any longer at all.

Heck, I was so desperate I'd have tried anything, because on a pain scale of 1 to 10, this foot pain was around 19, 24/7.

I started to feel very sorry for myself...made worse because I don't drive, so I need my feet...a LOT. I've been blessed with very happy feet all my life, duck shaped, but very happy, and I've always taken good care of them, put them in good shoes etc...

But Plantar Fasciitis changed all of that.

For those who don't know about it, it can strike anyone, at any age, for no reason at all. It's a pain that starts under the arch of the foot, right deep inside the arch, where the tendon is, and the pain from the inflammation reaches right around the heel, often making your feet/heels feel as if they're on fire...and..you get shooting pains that make you literally wince.

Now, I gave birth to both my children with no pain relief at all, so my pain threshold, trust me, is pretty darn high, but this floored me...even more so when my job/s have involved standing up, often all day long...tears were never far away..and a desperation of 'how am I going to manage with this for the rest of my life, if it doesn't go!' began to creep in...

They tell you to wear trainers, good fitting shoes that give lots of support, basically. And so my quest began....and the pile of shoes grew ever taller...as the pain persisted..as the shoes and calf/foot exercises didn't work...and my bank balance grew smaller...

The feeling of desperation grew even stronger...

And then......THEN, one day, I walked into a shoe shop called 'T Reds'. It's filled with funky shoes and funky people, and a pair of shoes caught my eye...Black patent, with golden roses on...and next to them were more black patent ones, with purple tiger/tortoise patterns on...ones with butterflies and flowers, gold, scarlet..Ohsobeautiful!

The young funky lassie walked up to me..."You'll like those" she said, "They're so comfortable!"   I sighed..and told her of my plight..."My Dad has that!" she cried..."And he's diabetic and has arthritis in his feet too. So I bought him a pair as they're specially made for these kind of foot problems. At first he wouldn't wear them, but then he tried them, and he's never taken them off. He's got loads of pairs now."

So, I put one. Then I put the other on. They felt of....heaven.

But I'd been here before..'seemed alright in the shop'...but something made me decide to take them...and I paid the most I've EVER paid for a pair of shoes in my life! 79 (!!!) Hell, I was desperate..

Three weeks later, my gorgeous, beautiful, funky scarlet patent shoes have given me my life, my shine and my sparkle back! I have no more foot pain, no more burning heat..and..my legs feel like teenage legs again!! Also, I can stand ALL day long and not get tired..and I can go for long walks again, ride my bike, the whole caboodle.

I....am a Very Happy Bunny! :0)


Anyway, I thought I'd come in and tell folks about these magical shoes, just in case anyone else is suffering...and even though they're expensive, they're worth every single penny, and more.

They're made by a firm called PG Lite, and the ones I have are from their Alegria range:

Alegria Shoes (Women's range) by PG Lite

Alegria at T Reds shoe shops

The men's ones don't seem to be quite so funky...(sorry guys!) :0)
The Alegria Shoe Shop online...(men's are in here)

Anyway, that's the story of my Happy Feet, so I thought I'd pass it on. I hope they can help you too.

Lizzie :0)